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Get your Grandwich on 2012: Part 1

Local restaurants compete to make the sandwich that best represents Grand Rapids.
Underwriting support from:
Speak EZ lounge

Speak EZ lounge /Chris Freeman

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market /Chris Freeman

Big O' Cafe

Big O' Cafe /Chris Freeman

The 2012 Grandwich competition begins today with 27 local restaurants competing. In this first video, I visit Founders, Grand Central Market, Birch Lodge, Big O Cafe and Speak EZ and report on their Grandwich offerings.

Like last year, the public is invited to head out on the town and try as many of these sandwiches as they want. The public can then vote for their favorite from now until Monday, August 13.

According to the Grandwich website, voters are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Use of Local Ingredients. Does the sandwich have ingredients native to the area? Does it feature local ingredients grown by local farms/made by local companies?
  • Uniqueness. Is this something new, fresh, never been attempted before?
  • Taste. Obviously, does it taste good? Do the flavors jump out at you? Do they complement each other? Are there different textures and flavors?
  • Appearance. Does it look exciting? Is it begging to be picked up and devoured?
  • Representation. Does this sandwich represent the tastes and interests of the people of Grand Rapids?


The top 10 Grandwiches will then be tried by a panel of judges on Friday, August 17.

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